The Walt Disney Company Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Earnings for Fiscal 2020

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended June 27, 2020. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations for the quarter was a loss of $2.61 compared to income of $0.79 in the prior-year quarter. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), diluted EPS for the quarter decreased 94% to $0.08 from $1.34 in the prior-year quarter. EPS from continuing operations for the nine months ended June 27, 2020 was a loss of $1.17 compared to income of $5.97 in the prior-year period. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), EPS for the nine months decreased 53% to $2.22 from $4.74 in the prior-year period. Results in the quarter and nine months ended June 27, 2020 were adversely impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The most significant impact was at the Parks, Experiences and Products segment as most of our theme parks and resorts were closed for the entire quarter and our cruise ship sailings were suspended.

“Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “The global reach of our full portfolio of direct-to-consumer services now exceeds an astounding 100 million paid subscriptions — a significant milestone and a reaffirmation of our DTC strategy, which we view as key to the future growth of our company.”

Results in the prior-year nine-month period includes the consolidation of TFCF Corporation (TFCF) and Hulu LLC (Hulu) for the period March 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019, whereas the current year results of TFCF and Hulu are included for the full nine month period.

The following table summarizes the third quarter and nine months results for fiscal 2020 and 2019 (in millions, except per share amounts):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Revenues

$

11,779

 

 

$

20,262

 

 

(42) %

 

 

$

50,681

 

 

$

50,489

 

 

— %

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

$

(4,840)

 

 

$

2,009

 

 

nm

 

$

(1,163)

 

 

$

12,676

 

 

nm

Total segment operating income(1)

$

1,099

 

 

$

3,952

 

 

(72) %

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

$

11,422

 

 

(34) %

 

Net income (loss) from continuing operations(2)

$

(4,718)

 

 

$

1,430

 

 

nm

 

$

(2,122)

 

 

$

9,648

 

 

nm

Diluted EPS from continuing operations(2)

$

(2.61)

 

 

$

0.79

 

 

nm

 

$

(1.17)

 

 

$

5.97

 

 

nm

Diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability(1)

$

0.08

 

 

$

1.34

 

 

(94) %

 

 

$

2.22

 

 

$

4.74

 

 

(53) %

 

Cash provided by (used in)

continuing operations

$

1,162

 

 

$

(1,748)

 

 

nm

 

$

5,949

 

 

$

4,266

 

 

39 %

 

Free cash flow(1)

$

454

 

 

$

(2,925)

 

 

nm

 

$

2,656

 

 

$

699

 

 

>100 %

 

(1)

EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability, total segment operating income and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. The comparable GAAP measures are diluted EPS from continuing operations, income from continuing operations before income taxes, and cash provided by continuing operations, respectively. See the discussion on page 2 and on pages 10 through 13.

(2)

Reflects amounts attributable to shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, i.e. after deduction of noncontrolling interests.

SEGMENT RESULTS

The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income, and management uses total segment operating income as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. The Company believes that information about total segment operating income assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income, thus providing separate insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results.

The following is a reconciliation of income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes to total segment operating income (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

$

(4,840)

 

 

$

2,009

 

 

nm

 

$

(1,163)

 

 

$

12,676

 

 

nm

Add/(subtract):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and unallocated shared

expenses

179

 

 

238

 

 

25 %

 

 

604

 

 

678

 

 

11 %

 

Restructuring and impairment charges

5,047

 

 

207

 

 

>(100) %

 

 

5,342

 

 

869

 

 

>(100) %

 

Other (income) expense, net

(382)

 

 

123

 

 

nm

 

(382)

 

 

(4,840)

 

 

(92) %

 

Interest expense, net

412

 

 

411

 

 

— %

 

 

995

 

 

617

 

 

(61) %

 

Amortization of TFCF and Hulu

intangible assets and fair value step-up

on film and television costs

683

 

 

779

 

 

12 %

 

 

2,106

 

 

884

 

 

>(100) %

 

Impairment of equity investments(1)

 

 

185

 

 

100 %

 

 

 

 

538

 

 

100 %

 

Total Segment Operating Income

$

1,099

 

 

$

3,952

 

 

(72) %

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

$

11,422

 

 

(34) %

 

(1)

The prior-year quarter reflects the impairment of an investment in a cable channel at A+E Television Networks. The prior-year nine-month period also includes an impairment of Vice Group Holdings, Inc.

The impact of COVID-19 and measures to prevent its spread are affecting our segments in a number of ways, most significantly at Parks, Experiences and Products where we closed our theme parks and retail stores, some of which have now re-opened, suspended cruise ship sailings and guided tours and have seen an adverse impact on our merchandise licensing business. In addition, we have delayed, or in some cases, shortened or cancelled theatrical releases and suspended stage play performances at Studio Entertainment and have experienced an adverse impact on advertising sales at Media Networks and Direct-to-Consumer & International. We have experienced disruptions in the production and availability of content, including the deferral or cancellation of certain sports events and suspension of production of most film and television content. Many of these businesses have been closed consistent with government mandates or guidance. The most significant impact in the current quarter from COVID-19 was an approximately $3.5 billion adverse impact on operating income at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment due to revenue lost as a result of the closures. The negative impact at Parks, Experiences and Products was partially offset by a positive impact at Media Networks. The benefit at Media Networks was due to the deferral of sports programming rights to future quarters when we currently anticipate the events will air, partially offset by lower advertising revenue. The impacts at Direct-to-Consumer & International and Studio Entertainment were less significant as lower advertising revenue at Direct-to-Consumer & International was partially offset by the deferral of sports programming costs, while lower amortization, marketing and distribution costs at Studio Entertainment were largely offset by lower revenues as a result of theater closures. In total, we estimate the net adverse impact of COVID-19 on our current quarter segment operating income across all of our businesses was approximately $2.9 billion, inclusive of the impact at Parks, Experiences and Products.

The following table summarizes the third quarter segment revenue and total segment operating income for fiscal 2020 and 2019 (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

6,562

 

 

$

6,713

 

 

(2) %

 

 

$

21,180

 

 

$

18,317

 

 

16 %

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

983

 

 

6,575

 

 

(85) %

 

 

13,922

 

 

19,570

 

 

(29) %

 

Studio Entertainment

1,738

 

 

3,836

 

 

(55) %

 

 

8,041

 

 

7,817

 

 

3 %

 

Direct-to-Consumer &

International

3,969

 

 

3,875

 

 

2 %

 

 

12,114

 

 

5,940

 

 

>100 %

 

Eliminations

(1,473)

 

 

(737)

 

 

(100) %

 

 

(4,576)

 

 

(1,155)

 

 

>(100) %

 

Total Revenues

$

11,779

 

 

$

20,262

 

 

(42) %

 

 

$

50,681

 

 

$

50,489

 

 

— %

 

Segment operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

3,153

 

 

$

2,136

 

 

48 %

 

 

$

7,158

 

 

$

5,696

 

 

26 %

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

(1,960)

 

 

1,719

 

 

nm

 

1,017

 

 

5,377

 

 

(81) %

 

Studio Entertainment

668

 

 

792

 

 

(16) %

 

 

2,082

 

 

1,607

 

 

30 %

 

Direct-to-Consumer &

International

(706)

 

 

(562)

 

 

(26) %

 

 

(2,226)

 

 

(1,084)

 

 

>(100) %

 

Eliminations

(56)

 

 

(133)

 

 

58 %

 

 

(529)

 

 

(174)

 

 

>(100) %

 

Total Segment Operating Income

$

1,099

 

 

$

3,952

 

 

(72) %

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

$

11,422

 

 

(34) %

 

Media Networks

Media Networks revenues for the quarter decreased 2% to $6.6 billion, and segment operating income increased 48% to $3.2 billion. The following table provides further detail of the Media Networks results (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

4,034

 

 

$

4,464

 

 

(10) %

 

 

$

13,245

 

 

$

12,243

 

 

8 %

 

Broadcasting

2,528

 

 

2,249

 

 

12 %

 

 

7,935

 

 

6,074

 

 

31 %

 

 

$

6,562

 

 

$

6,713

 

 

(2) %

 

 

$

21,180

 

 

$

18,317

 

 

16 %

 

Segment operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

2,459

 

 

$

1,637

 

 

50 %

 

 

$

5,120

 

 

$

4,169

 

 

23 %

 

Broadcasting

477

 

 

307

 

 

55 %

 

 

1,449

 

 

974

 

 

49 %

 

Equity in the income of investees

217

 

 

192

 

 

13 %

 

 

589

 

 

553

 

 

7 %

 

 

$

3,153

 

 

$

2,136

 

 

48 %

 

 

$

7,158

 

 

$

5,696

 

 

26 %

 

Cable Networks

Cable Networks revenues for the quarter decreased 10% to $4.0 billion and operating income increased 50% to $2.5 billion. The increase in operating income was due to increases at ESPN and, to a lesser extent, the FX Networks.

The increase at ESPN was due to lower programming and production costs and to a lesser extent, higher affiliate revenue, partially offset by lower advertising revenue. The decrease in programming and production costs was due to the deferral of rights costs related to the NBA and MLB reflecting the rescheduling of these events to later quarters as a result of COVID-19. Affiliate revenue growth was due to an increase in contractual rates, partially offset by a decrease in subscribers. The decrease in subscribers was net of the impact of the ACC Network, which launched in August 2019. The decrease in advertising revenue was driven by the absence of major sporting events as a result of COVID-19.

Higher FX Networks results were due to a decrease in marketing and programming costs driven by the shift of original programming to later quarters in response to COVID-19.

Broadcasting

Broadcasting revenues for the quarter increased 12% to $2.5 billion and operating income increased 55% to $477 million. The increase in operating income was due to lower network programming and production costs, an increase in affiliate revenue due to higher rates, higher program sales and lower marketing costs. These increases were partially offset by lower advertising revenue.

The decrease in network programming and production costs was due to production shutdowns as a result of COVID-19 driven by The Bachelorette, American Idol and Grey’s Anatomy. The increase in program sales income was driven by sales of The Simpsons, Modern Family and The Politician, partially offset by higher programming and production costs due a timing impact from new accounting guidance. Lower advertising revenue reflected a decrease at the owned television stations and lower average network viewership.

At the beginning of fiscal 2020, the Company adopted new accounting guidance, which generally results in lower amortization of capitalized episodic television costs during network airings for shows that we also expect to utilize on our direct-to-consumer services. Compared to the previous accounting, programming and production expense will generally be lower in the first half of the fiscal year and higher in the second half of the fiscal year as the capitalized costs are amortized.

Equity in the Income of Investees

Income from equity investees increased $25 million, from $192 million to $217 million, primarily driven by higher income from A+E Television Networks driven by lower programming and marketing costs.

Parks, Experiences and Products

Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter decreased 85% to $1.0 billion, and segment operating results decreased $3.7 billion to a loss of $2.0 billion. Lower operating results for the quarter were due to decreases at both the domestic and international parks and experiences businesses and to a lesser extent, at our merchandise licensing and retail businesses.

As a result of COVID-19, our domestic parks and resorts, cruise line business and Disneyland Paris were closed for all of the current quarter. Our Asia parks and resorts were closed for a portion of the current quarter, as Shanghai Disney Resort re-opened in May and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort re-opened in late June (Hong Kong Disneyland Resort closed again in July).

The decrease at licensing and retail also reflected the impact of COVID-19, which resulted in decreases in licensing earned revenue and lower minimum guarantee shortfall recognition, the closure of our Disney Stores for most of the quarter and the write-down of store assets.

We estimate the total net adverse impact of COVID-19 on segment operating income in the quarter was approximately $3.5 billion.

Studio Entertainment

Studio Entertainment revenues for the quarter decreased 55% to $1.7 billion and segment operating income decreased 16% to $668 million. The decrease in operating income was due to lower theatrical distribution results, partially offset by growth from TV/SVOD distribution, a decrease in home entertainment marketing costs and lower film cost impairments.

Theatrical distribution in the quarter was negatively impacted by COVID-19 as theaters were generally closed domestically and internationally. No significant titles were released in the current quarter compared to the release of Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Dark Phoenix in the prior-year quarter.

Growth in TV/SVOD distribution results was due to the sale of content to Disney+ including library titles, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Onward. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in sales to third parties in the pay television window.

Direct-to-Consumer & International

Direct-to-Consumer & International revenues for the quarter increased 2% to $4.0 billion and segment operating loss increased from $562 million to $706 million. The increase in operating loss was due to costs associated with the ongoing launch of Disney+, partially offset by higher results at Star and ESPN+.

The increase at Star was primarily due to lower programming costs, partially offset by a decrease in advertising impressions. The decrease in programming costs was due to the comparison to the quadrennial International Cricket Council World Cup matches that aired in the prior year quarter and a shift in the timing of Indian Premier League cricket games to later quarters due to COVID-19. The decrease in advertising impressions was primarily due to the lack of cricket matches.

Higher results at ESPN+ were primarily due to subscriber growth and higher income from Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view events.

The following table presents the number of paid subscribers(1) (in millions) for Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu as of:

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Disney+(3)

57.5

 

 

 

 

nm

ESPN+

8.5

 

 

2.4

 

 

>100 %

 

Hulu

 

 

 

 

 

SVOD Only

32.1

 

 

25.7

 

 

25 %

 

Live TV + SVOD

3.4

 

 

2.2

 

 

55 %

 

Total Hulu

35.5

 

 

27.9

 

 

27 %

 

The following table presents the average monthly revenue per paid subscriber(2) for the quarter ended:

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Disney+(3)

$

4.62

 

 

$

 

 

nm

ESPN+(4)

$

4.18

 

 

$

5.33

 

 

(22) %

 

Hulu

 

 

 

 

 

SVOD Only

$

11.39

 

 

$

12.68

 

 

(10) %

 

Live TV + SVOD

$

68.11

 

 

$

58.42

 

 

17 %

 

(1)

A subscriber for which we recognized subscription revenue. A subscriber ceases to be a paid subscriber as of their effective cancellation date or as a result of a failed payment method. A subscription bundle is considered a paid subscriber for each service included in the bundle. Subscribers include those who receive the service through wholesale arrangements in which we receive a fee for the distribution of Disney+ to each subscriber to an existing content distribution tier. When we aggregate the total number of paid subscribers across our direct-to-consumer services, whether acquired individually, through a wholesale arrangement or via the bundle, we refer to them as paid subscriptions.

(2)

Revenue per paid subscriber is calculated based upon the average of the monthly average paid subscribers for each month in the period. The monthly average paid subscribers is calculated as the sum of the beginning of the month and end of the month paid subscriber count, divided by two. Disney+ average monthly revenue per paid subscriber is calculated using a daily average of paid subscribers for the period beginning at launch and ending on the last day of the quarter. The average revenue per subscriber is net of discounts offered on bundled services. The discount is allocated to each service based on the relative retail price of each service on a standalone basis. In general, wholesale arrangements have a lower average monthly revenue per paid subscriber than subscribers that we acquire directly or through third party platforms like Apple.

(3)

Disney+ Hotstar launched on April 3, 2020 (as a conversion of the preexisting Hotstar service in India) and is included in the number of paid subscribers and average monthly revenue per paid subscriber. The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for Disney+ Hotstar is significantly lower than the average monthly revenue per paid subscriber in North America and Europe.

(4)

Excludes Pay-Per-View revenue.

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for ESPN+ decreased from $5.33 to $4.18 due to the introduction of a bundled subscription package of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu beginning in November 2019 and lower per-subscriber advertising revenue. The bundled offering has a lower retail price than the aggregate standalone retail prices of the individual services.

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu SVOD Only service decreased from $12.68 to $11.39 due to lower per-subscriber advertising revenue. The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu Live TV + SVOD service increased from $58.42 to $68.11 due to increases in retail pricing and Live TV per-subscriber advertising revenue, partially offset by the introduction of the bundled subscription package.

Eliminations

Revenue eliminations increased from $737 million to $1.5 billion and eliminations of segment operating income were $56 million in the current quarter compared to $133 million in the prior-year quarter. The decrease in eliminations of segment operating income in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter was due to the recognition of previously deferred profit on sales of Studio Entertainment titles to Disney+, the International Channels and the FX Networks.

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses decreased $59 million from $238 million to $179 million for the quarter primarily due to lower compensation and TFCF integration costs, partially offset by the absence of a benefit from amortization of a deferred gain on a sale leaseback due to the adoption of new lease accounting guidance.

Restructuring and Impairment Charges

During the current and prior-year quarters, the Company recorded charges totaling $5,047 million and $207 million, respectively. The current quarter charges included $4,953 million of impairments of goodwill and intangible assets at our International Channels business and $94 million of restructuring costs. The impairment of goodwill and intangible assets reflected the impacts of COVID-19 and of the ongoing shift of film and television distribution from licensing of linear channels to a direct-to-consumer business model on the International Channel businesses. Restructuring costs were primarily for severance and contract termination charges in connection with the integration of TFCF. The charge in the prior-year quarter was primarily for severance costs in connection with the integration of TFCF and accelerated equity based compensation for TFCF awards that vested upon closing of the acquisition. These charges are recorded in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income.

Other income (expense), net

Other income (expense), net was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

DraftKings gain

$

382

 

 

$

 

 

nm

Hulu gain adjustment

 

 

(123)

 

 

(100) %

 

Other income (expense), net

$

382

 

 

$

(123)

 

 

nm

In the current quarter, the Company recognized a non-cash gain to adjust its investment in DraftKings, Inc. to fair value following its listing on Nasdaq (DraftKings gain). In the prior-year quarter, the Company recorded a $123 million adjustment to the gain we recorded on our Hulu investment in the second quarter of the prior year.

Interest Expense, net

Interest expense, net was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Interest expense

$

(456)

 

 

$

(472)

 

 

3 %

 

Interest, investment income and other

44

 

 

61

 

 

(28) %

 

Interest expense, net

$

(412)

 

 

$

(411)

 

 

— %

 

The decrease in interest expense was due to lower average interest rates, partially offset by higher average debt balances and lower capitalized interest.

The decrease in interest income, investment income and other was driven by a lower benefit related to pension and postretirement benefit costs, other than service cost and a decrease in interest income on cash balances due to lower average rates, partially offset by lower investment impairments.

Equity in the Income (Loss) of Investees

Equity in the income (loss) of investees was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Amounts included in segment results:

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

217

 

 

$

192

 

 

13 %

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

(6)

 

 

 

 

nm

Direct-to-Consumer & International

(18)

 

 

7

 

 

nm

Impairment of equity investment

 

 

(185)

 

 

100 %

 

Amortization of TFCF intangible assets related to equity

investees

(7)

 

 

(15)

 

 

53 %

 

Equity in the income (loss) of investees

$

186

 

 

$

(1)

 

 

nm

Equity in the income (loss) of investees increased $187 million, from a loss of $1 million to income of $186 million, primarily due to the comparison to an impairment of an investment in a cable channel at A+E Television Networks in the prior-year quarter.

Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate was as follows:

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Effective income tax rate – continuing operations

6.8

%

 

19.6

%

 

12.8

 

ppt

 

The decrease in the effective income tax rate was due to the impairment of International Channels goodwill, which is not tax deductible.

Noncontrolling Interests

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Net income from continuing operations attributable to

noncontrolling interests

$

(209)

 

 

$

(186)

 

 

(12) %

 

 

The increase in net income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests was driven by higher operating results at ESPN and accretion of the redeemable noncontrolling interest in Hulu, partially offset by lower results at Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined on income after royalties and management fees, financing costs and income taxes, as applicable.

Cash Flow

Cash provided by operations and free cash flow were as follows (in millions):

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 27,

2020

 

June 29,

2019

 

Change

Cash provided by operations

$

5,949

 

 

$

4,266

 

 

$

1,683

 

Investments in parks, resorts and other property

(3,293)

 

 

(3,567)

 

 

274

 

Free cash flow(1)

$

2,656

 

 

$

699

 

 

$

1,957

 

Contacts

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Corporate Communications

818-560-5300

Lowell Singer

Investor Relations

818-560-6601

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